15 Curious Facts about Joaquin Phoenix Who Plays the Joker That You Never Knew
6In 2008 he announced his retirement.
After the release of the movie “Two Lovers” in 2008 he declared his retirement from the industry to starts a career in hip hop music. But this was not to be as he was working on a fake documentary called “I’m still here”. And he was back in the acting saddle and are we glad he changed his mind!
7At age 6, he changed his name to Leaf.
This is very interesting and logical from the perspective of a 6-year-old. Phoenix as we know by now, had a lot of siblings incidentally they were all named after nature like, River, Liberty, Rain and Summer. So, he also decided he should be called something…natural so he changed his name to “leaf”. This continued till he was 16 when he finally decided to return to his formal name again.
8He worked as a firefighter for a whole month to practice for a role.
Talk about method acting! For his role in Ladder 49 in which he played a fire fighter, he actually trained for a whole month as real fire fighter before he gave his first shot for the movie. This is called perfectionism.
9He had to lose almost 45 pounds to play the Joker.
Initially he thought he would have to gain weight for the role but Director Todd Phillips had an opposite notion about how the character must look like. So, he actually asked him to lose weight and he lost 45 pounds for the joker which is no easy task and takes a big toll on the health.
10His brother, River Phoenix, also began working as an actor when he was a child.
In fact, it was not Joaquin but his brother River Phoenix who ventured into the world of glitterati as he started acting as child actor. He starred in movies like “Stand by Me” and was also nominated for “Running for Empty”.